LA is a city known for our sushi. From the very high end omakase to strip mall sushi in the valley to the Sugarfish empire, it’s pretty much all amazing. The one sushi category that LA seems to lack though are high-end, glamorous joints. Sure, you can get $200/person omakase at a little sushi bar, but where can you go when you really want to put on the ritz? In the early aughts, these glamorous, celeb-filled spots reigned supreme (who else remembers Geisha House in Hollywood?), and now Downtown LA is bringing them back with the new Mrs. Fish. Formerly a nightclub tucked into a basement below rooftop bar, Perch, Mrs. Fish has recently been given a new lease on life, flipping into a moody, mid-century modern sushi den driven by Japanese whiskey cocktails and its own omakase experience.
We started off with some cocktails (of course); despite their focus on Japanese whiskey, they have quite a few non-whiskey cocktails as well, featuring vibrant flavors like passionfruit and yuzu. The Tsuma, one of their signature cocktails, was my drink of choice— fruity, citrus-y, but still light. We also started off with some sashimi, that was tender, cut beautifully, and so light.
Next up was a beef tataki— lightly seared and wrapped around…I think it was cucumber? The beef itself was really flavorful, tender, and I loved how thinly it was sliced.
Next up was their take on Tuna on Crispy Rice; while most restaurants serve this dish with spicy tuna, Mrs. Fish opted for something a bit lighter and more classic, with some seared ahi on top. Though I love a creamy spicy tuna, the fresh tuna was quite good as well, and the rice was nice and crispy on the outside, while still chewy on the inside.
I’ve been having a recent love affair with eggplant, so I really enjoyed their eggplant yakitori. The eggplant was super tender and came in a rich, sweet sauce.
One of the highlights of the evening, their Uni Pasta with Bonito Flakes is pretty much as satisfying and indulgent a dish as you can get. The uni melted right into the pasta, enhancing the creamy texture and rich flavor, while the bonito flakes added even more of that umami element. It was really delicious.
Truth be told, I can’t remember the exact sushi we ate that night…but I do remember that it was GOOD. The sushi quality was seriously impressive, and every piece was melt-in-your tender. I also appreciated how simply the sushi was served— usually a light drizzle of sauce or a small garnish, but every preparation highlighted the fish in the best way.
Another one of my perennial sushi favorites is a baked crab roll in rice paper, and this one was no exception. The baked crab was so satisfying, while the avocado helped offset the richness of the crab. It was served in 4 little bites that I think I probably devoured in about 2 seconds flat.
I was honestly incredibly impressed by the meal we had at Mrs. Fish; the restaurant has certainly exceeded my expectations and proved that, unlike some of its’ early aughts glamours sushi predecessors, they’re not prioritizing scene above food and quality. Mrs. Fish is definitely a great choice for a date night downtown or a dinner out with friends.